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Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

This week a study has been published on the ways and means mosquitoes employ to find their prey - namely you. Instead of just plopping down on whatever land they see, hoping to find some blood inside, the mosquito employs a range of senses to hunt you down and pierce your skin. Mosquitos, researchers suggest this week, use a combination of olfactory, visual, and thermal cues to find your arm, your leg, or your cheek. Whatever they need to do to suck your blood: they're going to do it.

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Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Mosquitoes are a nuisance for some and a deadly reality for others. The pests are responsible for transmitting diseases to million of people every year, and efforts to quash this problem have been only somewhat successful. Enter Oxitec's genetically modified mosquitoes -- they are designed to produce offspring that do not reach an age sufficient enough for reproduction, and when sufficiently large enough populations of them are introduced into the wild they result in an utter annihilation of their non-modified neighbors.

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Ancient mosquito fossil has traces of the bugs last blood meal

Ancient mosquito fossil has traces of the bugs last blood meal

A group of researchers have discovered fossilized mosquito that is a first for the scientific community and sounds like something out of Jurassic Park. The researchers discovered a mosquito fossil that has traces of its last blood meal still in its abdomen. Prior to this discovery, fossils that were suspected to have been bloodsucking insects had been discovered but there was no direct evidence of blood in the fossilized remains.

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Scientists alter mosquito genes with “people” blindness

Scientists alter mosquito genes with “people” blindness

Summer is upon many of us, and with it comes mosquitoes. Such tiny creatures are more than a nuisance, serving as disease transmitters of things like malaria. In light of this, researchers undertook a project that could, in part, mitigate such an issue using gene manipulation. Via altering a gene related to the mosquito's ability to smell, the scientists effectively made the insects "blind" to the scent of humans, leaving them to seek out other warm-blooded prey instead.

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Scientists working on genetically modified mosquitos

Scientists working on genetically modified mosquitos

Mosquitos are a part of the planet's ecosystem. As annoying as they may be, don't plan on being in a world where we're able to just remove them entirely. But scientists have reportedly discovered a way where if you are bitten, the cause for concern could be considerably less than it is now. A bite is annoying, but the risk of malaria or dengue is much more serious, and that threat is the target of current genetic modification research that is underway.

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CES 2008: Unveiled Micro Mosquito 4×4

CES 2008: Unveiled Micro Mosquito 4×4

The Micro Mosquito 4x4™ is self proclaimed as the only desirable mosquito and it’s quite right. This is another product from Interactive Toy Concepts, it has 4 separate motors that use 4 channel radio controlled technology. It will go in reverse, left/right, ascend/descend and will also slide left and right.

The Solar Mosquito Guard

The Solar Mosquito Guard

Even summer has its down sides, shocking, but true. One of them is you always have to wear that nasty bug repellent if you are going into the great outdoors. Well this solar anti-mosquito guard might be just the alternative to keep you from smelling like repellent all the time.

Micro Mosquito helicopter takes to the tiny skies

Micro Mosquito helicopter takes to the tiny skies

Readers in the UK will all remember bearded TV "celebrity" Noel Edmunds appearing fresh faced from behind the control stick of his helicopter gunship, gurning at cameras at whichever charity even he had decided to grace with his presence. Well, now us mere peons can pretend to be a celebrity in our own rights with what RadioShack are obviously hoping will be the toy of the Christmas season - the Micro Mosquito RC helicopter. Watch the Micro Mosquito buzz around after the jump!

Water Strider Robot can jump on water

Water Strider Robot can jump on water

If you look at the surface of a calm lake or pond, you will probably see little mosquito-like bugs zipping around the surface of that body of water. Those little bugs are known as striders and they are able to walk around on the surface of the water without getting wet. One of the things that striders are able to do is to jump off the surface of the water without breaking through the surface.

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A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

You turn on the porch light to complement your relaxing evening outdoors, only to have the light serve as a beacon for every insect in the region. The same happens in the middle of the night when you've one light on and the window screen fills with bugs hoping to get inside because of it. That can be bothersome, but in the case of mosquitos and some other insects, it could also potentially be deadly if the little bugs bring diseases with them.

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Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Everyone loves a good backyard barbecue, but hates the hassle of cleaning up. Now, you can take your grilling on the road as Nissan introduces their Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle. Designed in Japan, this is the ultimate electric vehicle for a fun time with friends. This design showcases the power of electric vehicles, as this barbecue car is designed to let you and your friends have a huge barbecue with zero environmental impact. It even comes with ridiculous amenities that could only be from Japan.

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Bill Gates samples drinking water extracted from poop

Bill Gates samples drinking water extracted from poop

It is fair to say some of us have become a bit jaded when it comes to hearing about Bill Gates' latest exploits. Never one to shy away good causes and oddball ways of drawing attention to them, the philanthropic billionaire has done everything from releasing mosquitoes on an unsuspecting audience to dousing himself with ice water. Still, Mr. Gates' newest demonstration of the seemingly unmentionable has managed to catch popular attention, and for good reason: he drank a glass of water extracted from poop.

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